(O’Fallon, IL) – In recognition for successful programs to reduce their environmental impact, HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital received the Partner for Change Award from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care. The award is one of the Environmental Excellence Awards given each year to honor environmental achievements in the health care sector.
The Partner for Change Award recognizes health care facilities that continuously improve and expand upon programs to eliminate mercury, reduce and recycle waste, source products sustainably and more. Winning facilities must demonstrate that they are recycling at least 15 percent of their total waste, have reduced regulated medical waste, are on track to eliminate mercury, and have developed successful sustainability programs in many areas.
“As health care providers, sustainability is at the core of our healing Mission and central to protecting the health of our patients, staff and community,” said Donna Meyers, MSN, RN, Director of Mission Integration/Pastoral Care/Community Benefit at HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. “We take pride in our sustainability programs and the positive impacts they have on the environment and the communities we serve. It is just one of the ways we live out our Franciscan values of reverence for the earth.”
St. Elizabeth’s continues to grow programs and implement environmentally sound process to further reduce its footprint including hosting an upcoming electronics recycling event June 1, developing a cooking oil recycling process and investigating additional green cleaning agents to add to housekeeping’s inventory.
The award will be presented at the Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards Gala, set for May 9 in San Diego at the conclusion of the CleanMed Conference & Exhibition.
Along with HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, eight other hospitals within HSHS were also honored with awards from Practice Greenhealth.